History TableTopGame / StarFrontiers

17th May '16 8:29:59 AM Bense
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TSR's third entry into Sci-Fi {{RPG}}s (after ''Metamorphosis Alpha'' and ''TabletopGame/GammaWorld''), first published in 1982.

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TSR's third entry into Sci-Fi {{RPG}}s [[TabletopRPG RPGs]] (after ''Metamorphosis Alpha'' and ''TabletopGame/GammaWorld''), first published in 1982.
17th Apr '16 4:41:46 AM Arivne
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The basic rules set was called ''Alpha Dawn''. It was released as a boxed set that included a fold-out poster map of a futuristic city on one side and various sections of alien terrain on the other, a bunch of die-cut counters, the introductory module [=SF0=] ''Crash on Volturnis'', and a pair of 10-sided dice[[note]]And a white crayon to color in the numbers on the dice. This was before dice were commonly manufactured with pre-painted numbers.[[/note]].

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The basic rules set was called ''Alpha Dawn''. It was released as a boxed set that included a fold-out poster map of a futuristic city on one side and various sections of alien terrain on the other, a bunch of die-cut counters, the introductory module [=SF0=] ''Crash on Volturnis'', Volturnus'', and a pair of 10-sided dice[[note]]And a white crayon to color in the numbers on the dice. This was before dice were commonly manufactured with pre-painted numbers.[[/note]].









* DyingRace: The Eorna of Volturnis are dying out. At least until the end of [=SF2=] ''Starspawn of Volturnis''.

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* DyingRace: The Eorna of Volturnis Volturnus are dying out. At least until the end of [=SF2=] ''Starspawn of Volturnis''.Volturnus''.



* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods: ''Crash on Volturnis'' features a race of land-dwelling, intelligent, telepathic, purple octopuses (technically they have nine tentacles, but still). For extra awesomeness they ride DINOSAURS!

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* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods: ''Crash on Volturnis'' Volturnus'' features a race of land-dwelling, intelligent, telepathic, purple octopuses (technically they have nine tentacles, but still). For extra awesomeness they ride DINOSAURS!



* FirstContact: Happens all the time. Much of the Frontier is unexplored, and sentient races seem to be all over. The planet Volturnis from the intro module has ''five'' sentient races living on it [[spoiler:though that is due to one race having genetically modified the others]].

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* FirstContact: Happens all the time. Much of the Frontier is unexplored, and sentient races seem to be all over. The planet Volturnis Volturnus from the intro module has ''five'' sentient races living on it [[spoiler:though that is due to one race having genetically modified the others]].
25th Feb '16 8:31:58 AM Bense
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** The Mechanons of SF2 and ''Zebulon's Guide'' evolved from earlier self-programming robots and believe that mechanical life is superior to biological life and must eventually replace it.
** The "Puppetmaster" of the freighter ''Marionette'' in SFKH0 is a cybernetic robot that is convinced it is the master of the universe.
** SFAD5 features a self-aware cybernetic robot who turns homicidal after being infected by the titular bugs in the system.

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** The Mechanons of SF2 [=SF2=] and ''Zebulon's Guide'' evolved from earlier self-programming robots and believe that mechanical life is superior to biological life and must eventually replace it.
** The "Puppetmaster" of the freighter ''Marionette'' in SFKH0 [=SFKH0=] is a cybernetic robot that is convinced it is the master of the universe.
** SFAD5 [=SFAD5=] features a self-aware cybernetic robot who turns homicidal after being infected by the titular bugs in the system. system.
** The adaptions of ''2001: A Space Odyssey'' and ''2010: Odyssey Two'' both feature the [=HAL-9000=], of course.
25th Feb '16 8:29:54 AM Bense
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* AIIsACrapshoot:
** The Mechanons of SF2 and ''Zebulon's Guide'' evolved from earlier self-programming robots and believe that mechanical life is superior to biological life and must eventually replace it.
** The "Puppetmaster" of the freighter ''Marionette'' in SFKH0 is a cybernetic robot that is convinced it is the master of the universe.
** SFAD5 features a self-aware cybernetic robot who turns homicidal after being infected by the titular bugs in the system.
20th Sep '15 6:13:47 PM Arivne
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* LivingGasbag: Adventure [=SF1=] ''Volturnus: Planet of Mystery''. The air whale is an alien creature that produces hydrogen as a byproduct of digestion. The hydrogen is stored in sacs inside its body and provides the lift that allows it to float. It maneuvers by venting compressed hydrogen through tubes.
29th Aug '15 3:19:51 PM binaroid
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* ThemedStockBoardGame: TSR released adaptations of both ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' and ''Film/TwoThousandTenTheYearWeMakeContact'' as modules using the ''Star Frontiers'' system.
26th Aug '15 11:19:37 PM jormis29
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** They were also later recycled for ''TabletopGame/Alternity'' in ''Magazine/{{Dragon}} Annual 3'' and for Modern d20 in the Future d20 sourcebook.

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** They were also later recycled for ''TabletopGame/Alternity'' ''TabletopGame/{{Alternity}}'' in ''Magazine/{{Dragon}} Annual 3'' and for Modern d20 in the Future d20 sourcebook.
3rd Jun '15 2:56:22 PM Bense
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* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods: ''Crash on Volturnis'' features a race of land-dwelling, intelligent, telepathic, purple octopuses (technically they have nine tentacles, but still). For extra awesomeness they ride DINOSAURS!
28th Apr '15 8:30:56 AM Bense
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* DungeonCrawling: This style of gaming was prominent in the printed adventures. The intro adventure in the main rulebook involves exploring a crashed starship with local animal life serving as "monsters", and the intro module that came with the basic rules, [=SF0=] ''Crash on Volturnus'', features a long journey through an extensive cave system, again full of alien animals that will try to kill the party.

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* DungeonCrawling: This style of gaming was prominent in the printed adventures. The intro adventure in the main rulebook involves exploring a crashed starship with local animal life serving as "monsters", and the "monsters". The intro module that came with the basic rules, [=SF0=] ''Crash on Volturnus'', features a long journey through an extensive cave system, system; again full of alien animals that will try to kill the party.
28th Apr '15 7:58:53 AM Bense
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* DunegeonCrawling: This style of gaming was prominent in the printed adventures. The intro adventure in the main rulebook involves exploring a crashed starship with local animal life serving as "monsters", and the intro module that came with the basic rules, [=SF0=] ''Crash on Volturnus'', features a long journey through an extensive cave system, again full of alien animals that will try to kill the party.

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* DunegeonCrawling: DungeonCrawling: This style of gaming was prominent in the printed adventures. The intro adventure in the main rulebook involves exploring a crashed starship with local animal life serving as "monsters", and the intro module that came with the basic rules, [=SF0=] ''Crash on Volturnus'', features a long journey through an extensive cave system, again full of alien animals that will try to kill the party.
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